Enabling the Student Reader at your institution
To allow your students to access their readings via the Student Reader, you will need to confirm with CLA that you wish to have the student reader enabled in your instance of the DCS. Otherwise students will continue to access content as is (downloading directly into a PDF). Once confirmed the reader is available via a click. Please contact us to let us know that you want this switched on.
NOTE: Most HEIs would have had the reader set to 'On' as default, as part of the move to the new Advanced Reader. You can email CLA to check if you are worried that this is switched to off.
Your students and your staff will enter the anonymous reader, where they can click 'Sign in to Kortext' to login to the advanced reader, or else try to use an advanced feature to be prompted to login.
If they do not have a login, they will be asked to 'Create an Account'.
For existing users of Kortext, the students will be able to link to their Kortext platform, to access their eBooks and DCS links on the eBook and Course Pack tabs respectively.
More information on the above can be found in the following guides:
DCS Users will be taken directly into the advanced reader using your DCS login credentials. You can default to the anonymous reader by clicking 'Return to Reader'
There are now two additional fields in the 'Downloads per content item' report.
Number of Unique Users = the number of authenticated (logged into the advanced reader) users for that specific extract
This number should always be less or the same as the number of views, and can let you know how many students are accessing the content via the advanced reader. This has benefits for the report field below, as well as content considerations in the next section.
Number of Unique Views = the 'Number of Views' minus the duplicate accesses for unique (logged into the advanced reader) students
This number needs to be viewed in the context of 'Number of Unique Users'. The more unique users, the more accurate this number will be. This number will only count advanced reader accesses to content once, unlike the Number of Views which counts every time someone clicks on a link.
The advanced features of bookmarks, highlights and notes are stored against the content item.
Question: What happens if I change my content item in the DCS request?
Answer: All bookmarks and highlights will be lost for students, and notes will only be accessible as a list under the Notes tab (the student will not be able to click to the page)
We recommend only changing your content between cohorts, or at least checking the Downloads per content item report (see above section) first, to see how many unique users have logged in to access the link (so you can see how many students are likely to be affected).
The advanced features for highlighting and note taking - as well as the standard features of searching, searching the web and copying to a clipboard - require the document to be OCR'd in order to work. This was also true in the previous reader for the standard features.